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NASA suspends work on moon rocket, capsule due to COVID-19 threat

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NASA is closing the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and the nearby Stennis Space Center in Mississippi because of the “rising number of COVID-19 cases in the community,” administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Thursday evening. As a result, work on the agency’s Space Launch System rocket and Orion crew capsules, both critical elements in NASA’s Artemis moon program, will be suspended.

“The NASA and contractors teams will complete an orderly shutdown that puts all hardware in a safe condition until work can resume,” Bridenstine said in a blog post. “Once this is complete, personnel allowed onsite will be limited to those needed to protect life and critical infrastructure.”

“We realize there will be impacts to NASA missions,” he added, “but as our teams work to analyze the full picture and reduce risks we understand that our top priority is the health and safety of the NASA workforce.”

California orders its nearly 40 million residents to stay home to prevent the spread of coronavirus

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The nation’s most populous state is ordering its nearly 40 million residents to stay home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order marks the first statewide mandatory restrictions issued in the United States to help combat the outbreak. It goes into effect Thursday at midnight and includes exemptions for essential services such as public safety and medical care.
Nineteen people have died and more than 900 have tested positive for coronavirus in California. The restrictions, which will remain in place until further notice, come a day after Newsom warned that more than half the state is projected to be infected with the virus in two months.

Essential services will be open

Under the order, essential services such as gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores and delivery restaurants will remain open. So will banks, local government offices that provide services and law enforcement agencies.

Nonessential services such as dine-in restaurants, bars, gyms and convention centers will shut down.

Social distance is still required
Even with the order, California residents can participate in some activities as long as people maintain a social distance, he said. “Go about the essential patterns of life, but do so by socially distancing themselves from others and do so using a common sense,” Newsom said. “Home isolation is not my preferred choice, but it is a necessary one. This is not a permanent state, it is a moment in time.”
The order will not be enforced by law enforcement, he added.

‘Corona’ vaccine prepared, the first vaccine tested on this woman

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Washington: The first vaccine of the worldwide coronavirus has been successfully tested. This test has been done by American researchers. The corona vaccine test has been performed for the first time on a woman in Seattle, US. This vaccine has been produced in the world in record time. After the diagnosis of this disease in China, scientists of KPW Research Institute were busy with developing this vaccine.

Now vaccines are being developed in many countries around the world including India. Before the test, the doctor of this institute, Lisa Jackson, said that now we have Team Coronavirus. In this emergency, every man wants to do something that he can do. Its clinical trial has started. He said that the US is also making rapid strides to develop anti-viral and other therapies against this infection. The coronavirus has killed 7000 people worldwide so far. The disease has spread in 145 countries around the world. But scientists have not been able to develop its vaccine so far.

A news agency has reported that the first vaccine for Kovid-19 was tested on a woman named Jennifer Hayler. The 43-year-old woman said that we were all feeling helpless. We had no money to do something like this. She said that I feel great now. Apart from this woman, three other people will also be vaccinated.

Big Brother Germany contestants are still unaware of coronavirus pandemic, will be told in special live show

Big Brother Germany contestants relax in a jacuzzi

The contestants of Big Brother Germany have not been told about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but after a social media uproar, will be informed about it on Tuesday.

The network said that it had taken “special hygienic measures” to protect the contestants, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, hasn’t detailed what these measures were. There have been more than 7000 cases of the coronavirus in Germany, with 17 deaths. Chancellor Angela Merkel has closed clubs, bars, leisure facilities, zoos and playgrounds. Sat 1 has said that none of the contestants has tested positive for the virus, which has infected celebrities such as Tom Hanks, his wife Rita Wilson, former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko and actor Idris Elba.

Contestants of Big Brother Canada were only recently made aware of the situation, while the BBC says that Big Brother Brazil contestants are also in the dark.

The Met Gala has been postponed

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One of the biggest nights on the fashion calendar, the Met Gala, will not go ahead as scheduled on May 4, 2020. The news follows a wave of canceled and postponed cultural events around the world due to coronavirus.

The annual red carpet event, hosted by Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, is a celebrity-packed fundraiser for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since 2005, the event has been held, without fail, on the first Monday in May — it also marks the launch of its spring exhibition.

This year’s exhibition, “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” is sponsored by luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton. It has been billed as a journey through the history of fashion from 1870 to the present.

But on Friday the Metropolitan Museum announced it would be shutting its doors temporarily, causing speculation that the gala’s organizers would follow suit. Writing on Vogue.com on Monday, Wintour confirmed that the fundraiser would not be held as planned.

“Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, About Time, and the opening night gala, will be postponed to a later date,” she wrote, adding that the magazine would nonetheless be previewing the “extraordinary exhibition” in its May issue.

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Coronavirus: Apple to accept apps from credible sources only; bans COVID-19-themed entertainment, game apps

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Apple is stepping up efforts to combat misinformation and hoaxes around the coronavirus outbreak. The company on Saturday said it would accept only “reputable” and credible apps related to COVID-19. Apple has also banned entertainment or game apps with coronavirus as a theme on its App Store.

“…we’re evaluating apps critically to ensure data sources are reputable and that developers presenting these apps are from recognized entities such as government organizations, health-focused NGOs, companies deeply credentialed in health issues, and medical or educational institutions. Only developers from one of these recognized entities should submit an app related to COVID-19. Entertainment or game apps with COVID-19 as their theme will not be allowed,” Apple said on its developer website.

Apple said it is encouraging developers to choose “Time-Sensitive Event” on the expedite request form to fast-track review on App Store.

Apart from new stringent policies around COVID-19 themed apps, Apple has also waived off membership fees for the NGOs and government agencies which plan to distribute free apps on the App Store.

Misinformation has become a big challenge for social networking platforms since the coronavirus outbreak. Earlier this month, Facebook announced giving free and unlimited “ad credits” to the World Health Organisation (WHO). It also said it was working with more agencies and organizations around the world to tackle misinformation related to COVID-19.

Google is also taking similar measures to prevent conspiracy theories and cyberattacks themed on coronavirus. “We are also helping WHO and government organizations run PSA ads,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a post earlier this month.

Apple, in the meanwhile cancelled the physical event for its annual WWDC developer conference, scheduled to take place in June this year. The company has also announced closing all stores outside Greater China until March 27.

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Isaac Newton Also Worked from Home During a Pandemic, Ended Up Discovering Gravity

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Much like the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the globe right now, Isaac Newton too had witnessed a serious illness during his time.

However, strangely, the Great Plague that hit London when the mathematician, physicist and astronomer was in his early 20s, allowed him to make some of his biggest discoveries, including the theories of gravity and motion

According to a news article in Washington Post, when the Great Plague hit London, some of the practices adopted were very similar to the ones being taken up now due to the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. And one of them was social isolation or distancing.

Trinity College, Cambridge, where Newton was studying, sent its students back home to continue their studies, and the scientist went back to his home, Woolsthorpe Manor.

During the year that he stayed away from college, the article reveals that Newton wrote the papers that went on to become early calculus and also sprung his theories on optics.

It was also the time when he propounded the theories of gravity and motion.

As per the report, according to John Conduitt, Newton’s assistant, it was while he was thinking in his garden that he had the thought that the power of gravity must not be limited to a certain distance from earth but must extend as high as the moon.

In April 1667, Newton would return to Cambridge and in October would be elected as a fellow of Trinity

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